According to information in an article in the St. Cloud Times in July 2015, the town of Richmond, Minnesota, was officially called Torah for nineteen years, from 1890 until 1909. It had been called Richmond informally by locals before that, but when the town was incorporated in 1890, the name Richmond was already in use at... Continue Reading →
The two cartes-de-visite above were made by Henry Cushing in Windsor, Vermont, in February 1865. Windsor is on the Connecticut River, which forms the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire. The town is connected to Cornish, NH, by the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States. Coincidentally, the portraits were... Continue Reading →
If I could ask this handsome couple one question, it wouldn't be, "Why does it look like you're in North Africa?" No, it would be, "What is your relationship to each other?" My first assumption was that they were sister and brother, based on the way they're posed in the studio. Then I noticed she... Continue Reading →
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a magnet for immigrants throughout the 19th century. The largest group came from Germany, beginning in the 1840s. The next-largest group came from Poland in the decades after the American Civil War. Other large groups included British, Irish, Scandinavians, Serbians, and Russian Jews. The bride in the portrait above looks Southern or... Continue Reading →
This couple has flair! Her dress is decorated with intricate beadwork, ribbons and flowers. Could it be a wedding dress? What do you think? The cabinet card was made by the studio of William James Wellsted & Son. The back is dark green (blank).
This carte-de-visite isn't the first wedding photograph on the blog, but it's the first portrait of a bride and groom without attendants. For some reason I've been slow to appreciate wedding portraits as a genre, so I haven't bought many over the years. I found this one in January while doing research for an earlier... Continue Reading →
This cabinet card was made by Atelier Make in Gnesen, Prussia, which is now Gniezno, Poland. The first thing that drew my eye was the large antler handle of the man's walking stick. The second thing was his mustache. Going out on a limb, I'd say he looks Polish, rather than German. I haven't seen... Continue Reading →
This stereograph (stereoview) was made from real photographs in 1898 by commercial photographer Truman Ward Ingersoll (1862-1922) of St. Paul, Minnesota. Ingersoll produced many images of Ojibwe (Chippewa) people and their ways of life in northern Minnesota. I was unable to find additional information about the couple in this portrait. In the Library of Congress's... Continue Reading →